Pueblo, CO October 4, 2019- Health Officials at the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment are urging people to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation to refrain from using e-cigarette or vaping products as the investigation into deaths and lung-illnesses related to the use of e-cigarettes and vaping products continues.
“As Pueblo has higher rates of e-cigarette and vaping use than Colorado, it is important for those who use these products to know the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises to quit vaping until a clear understanding of what is causing this lung-illness is known,” stated Randy Evetts, Public Health Director at the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment.
As of October 1, 2019, there are 1,080 confirmed or probable cases of lung injury reported from 48 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands and 18 deaths have been confirmed in 15 states. All reported cases have a history of using e-cigarette, or vaping products.
The latest national findings suggest products containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) play a role in the outbreak. Most of the people in this outbreak reported using THC-containing products, or both THC-containing products and nicotine-containing products. Currently, the specific chemical exposure(s) causing the lung injuries in this multi-state outbreak remains unknown.
Public health recommendations:
- The best way to protect yourself against vaping-related illness is to stop vaping. For help with quitting, call the Colorado QuitLine at 1-800-QUIT-NOW or consult with your physician.
- For teens who are interested in quitting, visit MyLifeMyQuit.com or COYouthQuitLine.org.
- People who vape should be on lookout for symptoms: shortness of breath or trouble breathing, chest pain, cough, fatigue, and possible fever.
- People should not buy vaping products off the street, modify vaping products, or add any substances to these products that are not intended by the manufacturer.
- Parents should talk to their kids, especially teens, about the risk and dangers of vaping. Free resources are available to help parents talk to their kids at tobaccofreeco.org.
- People who think they may have been sickened by any vaping product should contact their doctor, or poison control at 1-800-222-1222.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with the Food and Drug Administration, state health departments, and public health and clinical partners to investigate the multi-state outbreak of lung injury associated with the use of e-cigarettes or vaping products. CDC activated the Emergency Operations Center staffing more than 100 CDC workers across the agency in the field to support these multi-state investigations.
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